Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday the launch of a state-funded abortion website providing women inside and outside of California with information about their legal rights, where to find providers, and how to pay for services.
“Abortion is legal, safe and accessible here in California — whether or not you live here, know that we have your back,” Newsom said.
“As Republican states continue rolling back fundamental civil rights and even try to prevent people from accessing information online or crossing state lines for care, you’re welcome here in California and we’ll continue to fight like hell for you,” he said.
Abortion.ca.gov provides information in English and Spanish. The website does not collect any personal information about visitors to the site.
“This new website is a critical resource, providing essential information to patients in and out of California, and can hopefully serve as a model for the rest of the nation,” said Jodi Hicks, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates California.
In the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade after 49 years, both old laws and new “trigger” legislation have halted abortion in many states.
“No person should be forced to travel outside of their home state for essential health care, including abortion care, yet extreme politicians are making that a reality for millions across the country,” said Hicks. “This new website will increase access to accurate information and is critical so that people can seek the care they want or need here in California.”
This year’s state budget includes more than $200 million in additional funding for reproductive health care services, and in November California voters will have an opportunity to amend the state’s constitution to enshrine the right to an abortion.